"This is a sad day for America. Today, House Republicans unilaterally voted to end Medicare as we know it. Republicans voted for a plan that would significantly increase seniors' healthcare costs and reduce their benefits in order to give millionaires and billionaires trillions of dollars in tax cuts. They voted to cut funding for education and seniors in nursing homes to give tax subsidies to Big Oil and tax incentives to corporations that ship jobs overseas.
The question before us is not whether to reduce the nation's debt, but how. Democrats believe in shared sacrifice and responsibility; Republicans do not. Their answer is to take from the middle class to give to the rich. This is unconscionable, and, I believe, un-American.
I will oppose any effort to end the guarantee of Medicare and will continue to seek prudent and responsible ways to reduce the federal deficit."